With refurbishments to the homecoming site in Wemyss Bight done, as a result of the homecoming committee’s efforts in 2022, the location was fully ready to host the full-fledged return of Wemyss Bight Homecoming 2023 held during the Heroes Day holiday weekend from October 5th through 9th, said organizers.
The township, which is seeing increased economic activity in the area, with its close proximity to a number of ongoing projects [including both Disney’s Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, as well as Cotton Bay], is looking to encourage the return of as many community members as possible, who may have left home for economic opportunity elsewhere, said community leader and committee member, Ms. Danielle Gibson.
Events like ‘homecoming’, she shared, was an opportunity for people visiting home at that time, to see the new possibilities in Wemyss Bight. “We are very excited as a community, and we hope that in the years coming that this event will bring more people back to Wemyss Bight which is so close to all of the economic activity in South Eleuthera. So, we want to bring people back home, so that they can see that this is a viable place for them to invest.”
Describing the success of the comeback of homecoming in 2023, Ms. Gibson said, “Last year we were back after the pandemic, but because it was after the pandemic we did not have a lot of sponsors, because a lot of people were feeling the economic crunch. So, we were not able to have as big an entertainment as we did this year. But we are very excited that we could host this homecoming this year!”
She added, “We started off debt free and we were able to make everything happen, and also bring in artists. We had Fanshawn on Friday, and Blaudy on Saturday – they were backed by the New Vision band from Eleuthera – and of course DJ Pop Style of Conchstyle Entertainment to do the deejaying for the entire weekend, and also the staging and lighting.” She continued, “On Sunday it’s an old school Sunday, and on Monday we are bringing the beach picnic back. So we will be on Wemyss Bight beach.”